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Is This the Real Reason Why the West Fears Vladimir Putin?

“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).
“Although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same but also give hearty approval to those who practice them” (Rom. 1:32).

The Democrats know that Putin and the Russians didn’t collude with Pres. Donald Trump to change the outcome of the 2016 election. The Democrats were so embarrassed by Hillary Clinton’s loss that they had to manufacture a reason why Trump won. They never could say that Hillary was a bad candidate and she did a terrible job running her campaign. Neither could they say that her policies were corrupt because her policies were their policies.

Of course, the Democrats are upset that they are not in power and Trump is running circles around them and overturning many of the bad policies implemented by their secular messiah, Barack Obama.

Republicans and Democrats have always loved the Cold War. It was a way for their donors to make a lot of money. Politicians always need a bad guy to fight so the donations keep coming. Even after 9/11 Democrats refused to identify the real external threat — militant Islam.

Putin became the new bad guy. Trump’s all about making America great again and Putin is all about making Russia great again. Can we blame Putin for protecting Russian interests?

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It’s not Putin’s military power that liberals fear; it’s his call for the rejection of secularism that is corrupting the once-Christian West. The following excerpts are from Putin’s remarks in September 2013 at “the final plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club. The theme of the club’s anniversary session is Russia’s Diversity for the Modern World.”

Another serious challenge to Russia’s identity is linked to events taking place in the world. Here there are both foreign policy and moral aspects. We can see how many of the Euro-Atlantic countries are actually rejecting their roots, including the Christian values that constitute the basis of Western civilisation. They are denying moral principles and all traditional identities: national, cultural, religious and even sexual. They are implementing policies that equate large families with same-sex partnerships, belief in God with the belief in Satan.

The excesses of political correctness have reached the point where people are seriously talking about registering political parties whose aim is to promote paedophilia. People in many European countries are embarrassed or afraid to talk about their religious affiliations. Holidays are abolished or even called something different; their essence is hidden away, as is their moral foundation. And people are aggressively trying to export this model all over the world. I am convinced that this opens a direct path to degradation and primitivism, resulting in a profound demographic and moral crisis.

What else but the loss of the ability to self-reproduce could act as the greatest testimony of the moral crisis facing a human society? Today almost all developed nations are no longer able to reproduce themselves, even with the help of migration. Without the values embedded in Christianity and other world religions, without the standards of morality that have taken shape over millennia, people will inevitably lose their human dignity. We consider it natural and right to defend these values. One must respect every minority’s right to be different, but the rights of the majority must not be put into question.

At the same time we see attempts to somehow revive a standardised model of a unipolar world and to blur the institutions of international law and national sovereignty. Such a unipolar, standardised world does not require sovereign states; it requires [slaves].

Few in the West took notice of Putin’s comments. One of the exceptions was The Atlantic:

Putin had never spoken glowingly of the West, but grim pronouncements about its fate grew central to his rhetoric. He hurled splenetic attacks against the culturally decadent, spiritually desiccated “Euro-Atlantic.” He warned against the fetishization of tolerance and diversity. He described the West as “infertile and genderless,” while Russian propaganda derided Europe as “Gayropa.” At the heart of Putin’s case was an accusation of moral relativism.

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Gay marriage is a divisive issue in France, where [François] Fillon has vowed to block adoption by same-sex couples. The battle against Islamism also remains a rallying cry; Fillon’s campaign manifesto is called Conquering Islamic Totalitarianism. When he genuflects before the Russian president, he knows that his base yearns for everything Putin embodies—manliness, thumbing one’s nose at political correctness, war with the godless cosmopolitans in Brussels, refusal to tolerate the real and growing threat of terrorism.

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In 2013, the columnist Pat Buchanan championed Putin as an enemy of secularism: “He is seeking to redefine the ‘Us vs. Them’ world conflict of the future as one in which conservatives, traditionalists, and nationalists of all continents and countries stand up against the cultural and ideological imperialism of what he sees as a decadent west.” This type of homage became a trope among conservative thinkers—including Rod Dreher and Matt Drudge—and in turn influenced their followers. In mid-2014, 51 percent of American Republicans viewed Putin very unfavorably. Two years later, 14 percent did. By January, 75 percent of Republicans said Trump had the “right approach” toward Russia. (When asked about this change, Putin replied, “It’s because people share our traditional sensibilities.”)

There is a call for normalizing pedophilia among the LGBT crowd. We’re beginning to see LGBT being expanded to LGBTP — P for Pedophilia.

Franklin Foer, the author of The Atlantic article, concludes it with this: “There is little empirical basis for the charge of civilizational rot.” This is true if abortion on demand, same-sex sexuality, transgenderism, and pedophilia are not defined as “civilizational rot.” But they are.

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